Cook Islands dollar

Cook Islands dollar
tāra Kūki 'Āirani
CookIslandsP7-3Dollars-(1992) f.jpg
$3 front
ISO 4217
Codenone[a]
Denominations
Subunit
 1/100cent / tene
Symbol$
cent / tenec
Banknotes$3
Coins10, 20, 50 cents, $1, $2, $5
Demographics
User(s) Cook Islands (New Zealand) (alongside New Zealand dollar)
Valuation
Inflation2.1%
 SourceThe World Factbook, 2005 est.
Pegged withNew Zealand dollar at par

The Cook Islands dollar was the former currency of the Cook Islands, which now uses the New Zealand dollar, although some physical cash issued for the Cook Islands dollar remains in use. The dollar was subdivided into 100 cents, with some 50-cent coins carrying the denomination as "50 tene".

History[]

Until 1967, the New Zealand pound was used on the Cook Islands, when it was replaced by the New Zealand dollar.

In 1972, local issues of coins of the New Zealand dollar began to be released for the Cook Islands.

In 1987, the Cook Islands dollar was established and pegged at par to the New Zealand dollar,[1] with each Cook Islands dollar backed by a New Zealand dollar held by the Treasury of the Cook Islands Government and freely interchangeable; the New Zealand dollar remained legal tender alongside the new currency.[2]

The Currency Reserves Amendment Act 1989 modified the required backing of Cook Islands dollars, to 50% of the face value for circulating currency, and 2% of the face value for currency not intended for circulation (proof, uncirculated and souvenir coin sets; uncut note sheets).[3]

By 1993, circulating $3 notes were only backed by 5% of their face value in NZD, and coins were not backed at all. Meanwhile, the rate of currency issuance, and governmental budget deficits, had increased such that the national debt was nearly double annual GDP. Eventually commercial banks refused to convert the currency to New Zealand dollars resulting in capital flight and an economic crisis.[1] This prompted the government to revert to using the New Zealand dollar as the country's currency in April 1995.[4] Cook Islands dollar banknotes other than the $3 notes ceased to be legal tender,[5] although they remained convertible to New Zealand dollars at the Cook Islands Treasury until 2005.[6]

Coins have been struck on different occasions mainly by the Royal Australian Mint, the Franklin Mint, and the Perth Mint with the paper currency being printed by De La Rue.

Coins[]

Clockwise from top: $5, $1, 5¢, 10¢, $2.

In 1972, bronze 1 and 2 cents, and cupro-nickel 5-, 10-, 20- and 50-cents, and 1-dollar coins were introduced. All were the same size, weight, and composition as the corresponding New Zealand coins, however, the unique crown-sized dollar coin circulated much more readily than its New Zealand equal. Each coin depicted plants, animals, and items unique to the Cook Islands.

In 1983, production of the 1 and 2-cents coins was ceased and the two coins were later demonetized - almost 10 years before the equivalent occurred in New Zealand.

The Cook Islands has a long reputation for frequent monetary oddities. It was one of the last countries to hold on to large crown-sized coins ($1 of the 1972-83 issue) while elsewhere, coins of such size are no longer minted in large enough quantities intended for circulation.

In 1987, a smaller, lighter scallop-edged $1 coin with a similar size and shape to the Hong Kong $2 piece was issued. This coin was produced to replace its bulky predecessor. With the release of its new $2 piece in that year, the Cook Islands officially became the first modern country to issue a circulating three-sided coin, along with a dodecagonal (twelve-sided) $5 piece in equal size and shape to the Australian 50-cents coin. These $1 and $2 were composed of cupro-nickel and the $5 coin was in aluminium bronze.

1988 brought the redesign of the 50-cent piece, the first coin in the country to bear a denomination name. Although widely recognized as "cents" this coin depicts "tene", the native language equivalent to the English word cent.

In 1995 the Cook Islands dollar was withdrawn in favour of the New Zealand dollar only. Local coins remained in use and technically became denominated in New Zealand dollars, likewise for future coin issues even as they continued to be inscribed with the words "Cook Islands".

A large, stainless steel 5 cents coin was issued in 2000 centred on the theme of the FAO and food security, depicting the Tangaroa image present on the dollar piece.

2003 saw the reintroduction of a 1-cent coin, this time composed of aluminium rather than bronze and slightly smaller and thicker than the 10-cents piece. These were issued with five different reverses, each commemorating a few of the nation's historical themes.

With the reduction in size of New Zealand's 10, 20 and 50-cents coins in 2006, older cent coins began to be phased out in both countries. However, $1, $2, and $5 pieces remained in use. Although a 2010 commemorative Cook Islands coin set in denominations 1-, 2-, 5-, 10-, 20-, and 50-cents and a bimetallic $1 have been minted with a similar size to some of the newer New Zealand ones, these coins are for collectors and intended to raise money for the Cook Islands government, rather than for release into circulation.

In 2015, as part of a coinage reform, new coins were minted by the Royal Australian Mint.[7] The new coins carry similar designs to the older ones with the 10-, 20-, and 50-cents struck in nickel-plated steel, while the 1-, 2-, and 5-dollar coins are struck in brass-plated steel. The new 5 dollar coin features a traditional vaka instead of a conch. The cents are smaller than previous issues with closer size and weight to the current coins of New Zealand while the new dollars continue to have their distinctive shapes.

On 30 April 2016, all previous coins lost legal tender status.[8]

The obverse of all coins of the Cook Islands depict Queen Elizabeth II; she is Head of State of the Realm of New Zealand.

The reverse of standard issue coins are as depicts:

Value Diameter Composition 1972–2010
Obverse Reverse
1 cent 18 mm Bronze Queen Taro leaf
2 cents 21 mm Queen Pineapples
5 cents 19 mm Cupronickel Queen Hibiscus blossom
10 cents 24 mm Queen Orange on branch
20 cents 29 mm Queen Fairy tern
50 cents 32 mm Queen Bonito (1972–87; also 1992)
Sea turtle (1988–94)
1 dollar 30 mm Queen Tangaroa, sea god in Māori mythology
2 dollars 27/27/27 mm Queen Table and water vessel
5 dollars 33 mm Nickel-brass Queen Conch
Value Diameter Composition 2015[citation needed]
Obverse Reverse
10 cents 19 mm Nickel-plated steel Queen Orange on branch
20 cents 21 mm Queen Fairy tern
50 cents 24.2 mm Queen Albacore Tuna
1 dollar 28.52 mm Brass-plated steel Queen Tangaroa, sea god in Māori mythology
2 dollars 26 mm Queen Mortar and pestle
5 dollars 33 mm Queen Vaka

A large number of commemorative non circulating collectors coins are also issued by the Cook Islands featuring an almost endless array of themes as the government has a contract in which a coin design can be commissioned and minted with the name "Cook Islands" and dollar units for a fee, making coinage a resource for extra revenue. Due to exchange schemes involving large stocks of non-circulating commemorative coins, mintages are regulated and not recognized or accepted as legal tender within the Cook Islands.

Banknotes[]

On 20 July 1987, 3, 10, and 20 dollar notes were introduced by the government, followed by 50 dollar notes as part of a new series of notes in 1992. The notes all bear images of items, events, and panorama relevant to native Polynesian culture.

In June 1995, the government of the Cook Islands began exchanging all of the larger banknotes for New Zealand currency, but the 3-dollar note and all coins remain in use.[9]

In 2015, the Cook Islands Ministry of Finance and Economic Management sold its final stocks of Cook Islands banknotes by tender.[10]

1992 Series
Value Obverse Reverse
$3 CookIslandsP7-3Dollars-(1992) f.jpg CookIslandsP7-3Dollars-(1992) b.jpg
$10 CookIslandsP8-10Dollars-(1992) f.jpg CookIslandsP8-10Dollars-(1992) b.jpg
$20 CookIslandsP9-20Dollars-(1992) f.jpg CookIslandsP9-20Dollars-(1992) b.jpg
$50

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References[]

  1. ^ a b "Download Limit Exceeded". citeseerx.ist.psu.edu.
  2. ^ "Currency Act 1986-87". www.paclii.org.
  3. ^ "Currency Reserves Amendment Act 1989". www.paclii.org.
  4. ^ "PROGRAM PERFORMANCE AUDIT REPORT" (PDF). www.adb.org. Retrieved 2020-08-03.
  5. ^ "Currency Amendment Act 1994-95". www.paclii.org.
  6. ^ "Currency Amendment Act 2005". www.paclii.org.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-11. Retrieved 2015-03-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Public Notice: Old Cook Islands Coins No Longer Legal Tender as of 1 May 2016 - Cook Islands - Ministry of Finance and Economic Management". www.cookislands.gov.ck.
  9. ^ Linzmayer, Owen (2012). "Cook Islands". The Banknote Book. San Francisco, CA: www.BanknoteNews.com.
  10. ^ "Sale by tender for disposal of 1992 Cook Islands bank notes - Cook Islands - Ministry of Finance and Economic Management". www.mfem.gov.ck.

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